Mingwei Liu is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Global Work and Employment. He received a Ph.D. degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University. His research interests fall into three broad areas. The first is comparative employment relations and human resource management with a focus on Chinese employment relations, labor movement, human resource management, skill development, and labor and human resource issues in overseas Chinese multinational companies. The second is high performance work practices in different industries and national contexts. The third is labor standards and corporate social responsibility in global value chains. His publications appear in journals such as Industrial and Labor Relations Review, British Journal of Industrial Relations, Human Resource Management, Comparative Labor Law and Policy Journal, as well as in edited books. He has also published a book (co-edited with Chris Smith), China at Work: A Labor Process Perspective on the Transformation of Work and Employment in China. His research has won several prestigious national and international awards such as the Best Paper Award in Emerging Economies Research of the Academy of International Business (2017), the John T. Dunlop Scholar Award of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (2014) , the Early Career Research Award of the W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research (2014), the Thomas A. Kochan and Stephen R. Sleigh Best Dissertation Award of the Labor and Employment Relations Association (2010), and the Early Career Fellowship Award of the Cardiff Business School (2010). In 2015 Professor Liu was selected as Chancellor's Scholar at Rutgers.
Professor Liu has served as a guest editor of special issues of Human Resource Management and Journal of Industrial Relations. He is on the editorial board of Industrial and Labor Relations Review, Journal of International Business Studies, International Journal of Management Reviews, International Journal of Human Resource Management, Journal of Industrial Relations, and Working: An international Labour Process Journal, and is an ad hoc reviewer for over 30 leading international journals in the fields of industrial relations, business, management, sociology, political science, economics, geography, and area studies. He also serves as an external grant reviewer for Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and a book manuscript reviewer for major international publishers such as Cornell University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, and Lexington Books. Professor Liu provides consultation to a number of international organizations, governments, and multinational corporations. He is a founding trustee of Electronics Watch—an innovative organization focusing on labor rights in the global electronics value chains, and a member of Academic Committee of Alibaba.